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October News 2021.

Halloween is approaching, and while it’s not something that we celebrate here, at least not officially, it’s still fun to look at pictures that pop up on the social media these days, and it’s fun to look at the colorful Halloween candy in the stores, too.

COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere yet, and that is not fun at all. Especially not with the frankly insane folks who compare covid passes to the Holocaust (and over here, right now, you need a covid pass only if you want to be in a restaurant, bar, nightclub or such after 22h).

So many people are nuts and/or don’t care about others. And if you depend on the kindness of others to avoid an infection that you could further spread around and kill someone with it, even if you, yourself, don’t get terribly affected? Well, tough luck.

So it’s same old, same old (plus feeling more sleepy and tired than usual): reading, watching stuff, working, not going anywhere.

At least the books are good.

Currently reading: The Last Graduate (The Scholomance, #2) by Naomi Novik. It’s fun! And clever! And fun! A student who could easily become a dark sorceress/a weapon of mass destruction in a school for wizards that most students don’t survive, she’d really like to survive without killing other students but the school doesn’t make it easy, and all the troubles she and other students are getting into while trying to graduate and survive. Oh, and mice. Mice are super-cute.

Recently read: A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1) by Naomi Novik. Obviously. And it’s just as fun as the second book. Even a bit more, because it introduces you to the crazy world and its unpleasant rules for kids.

Also recently read: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (I liked Gods of Jade and Shadow better), Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad (I wouldn’t be surprised if some conspiracy theorists got some ideas from this book, and never mind the fact that the author made it all up and was just smart when writing his book and had zero wish for anyone to think it was really happening), Catfishing on CatNet and Chaos on CatNet (CatNet 1 and 2) by Naomi Kritzer (fun and good-natured and also dark at times; great if you like benevolent AIs and cat pictures and a bunch of great teens you’d really love as friends), and all The Murderbot Diaries books and stories (the author is Martha Wells, and I loved all the books about the anxious and socially inept killing machine that just wants to binge-watch favorite series and protect its favorite humans).

As you can see, I’ve read some good books and loved them.

Currently watching: Foundation, and I can’t say I’m happy about it. It started out interesting and the bunch of changes they’ve made was mostly fine, but it keeps turning into nonsense.

Recently watched: Squid Game. I’d say that one of the main reasons why people love it so much is because they haven’t watched Battle Royale or similar series, so it’s new to them. Still, it is fun to watch (and upsetting, since it’s way too easy to understand why so many people would willingly participate in such a game).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (as usual, sometimes there’s plenty, sometimes barely anything at all). I know, I know, I should also be writing and not just waiting for the pandemic to end, but…

Yeah. But.

That would be it for now, see you next time!


A writer, a reader, a dreamer. Dreaming myself into existence.

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